Awesome Video Game Music: Quickies 6

Uncharted franchise: Nate’s Theme

When I think of the Uncharted games, I primarily think of fun, action filled adventures driven by a lovable cast of endearing characters. That’s a lot of what I get out of the series’ primary theme song, Nate’s Theme, as well. The rolling drums and bold horns certainly speak of high adventure, and the strings give a nice touch that hints at the series’ more subtle, character driven moments. The pacing of the song dips up and down to great effect, and some of the chords are quite beautiful. A great theme for a great series.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike: Tag Power

I really like a lot of the music from the Advance Wars series, with each CO having their own awesome, catchy theme. Dual Strike’s Tag Power theme is kind of my guilty pleasure among them. Every time I activated a tag power I couldn’t resist cranking up the volume for this song. It harnesses all the energy and personality that defines the series’ tone, and cranks it up to 11. That it accompanies the most thrilling moments of gameplay only adds to the excitement, and this is one of those songs that never fails to put a smile on my face.

Final Fantasy IX: You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone is one of the pinnacle tracks on Final Fantasy IX’s fantastic soundtrack. It begins with a steady beat accompanied by a low hum. It's a nice contrast to the quiet melody that soon kicks in, and this melody continues to get more prominent as the song goes on. Forceful drums step in to supplement the the main beat, and something akin to an electric guitar take over the song’s melody, along with even more chanting. By constantly layering in more instruments and melodies, You’re Not Alone produces a dramatic buildup that punctuates one of the game’s most dramatic scenes, and also sounds pretty darn awesome on its own.

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Posted by MajorMitch

Uncharted franchise: Nate’s Theme

When I think of the Uncharted games, I primarily think of fun, action filled adventures driven by a lovable cast of endearing characters. That’s a lot of what I get out of the series’ primary theme song, Nate’s Theme, as well. The rolling drums and bold horns certainly speak of high adventure, and the strings give a nice touch that hints at the series’ more subtle, character driven moments. The pacing of the song dips up and down to great effect, and some of the chords are quite beautiful. A great theme for a great series.

Advance Wars: Dual Strike: Tag Power

I really like a lot of the music from the Advance Wars series, with each CO having their own awesome, catchy theme. Dual Strike’s Tag Power theme is kind of my guilty pleasure among them. Every time I activated a tag power I couldn’t resist cranking up the volume for this song. It harnesses all the energy and personality that defines the series’ tone, and cranks it up to 11. That it accompanies the most thrilling moments of gameplay only adds to the excitement, and this is one of those songs that never fails to put a smile on my face.

Final Fantasy IX: You’re Not Alone

You’re Not Alone is one of the pinnacle tracks on Final Fantasy IX’s fantastic soundtrack. It begins with a steady beat accompanied by a low hum. It's a nice contrast to the quiet melody that soon kicks in, and this melody continues to get more prominent as the song goes on. Forceful drums step in to supplement the the main beat, and something akin to an electric guitar take over the song’s melody, along with even more chanting. By constantly layering in more instruments and melodies, You’re Not Alone produces a dramatic buildup that punctuates one of the game’s most dramatic scenes, and also sounds pretty darn awesome on its own.

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Posted by Little_Socrates

I immediately recognized Drake's Theme and the Tag Power song. I feel like my connection to the Tag Power song might really just be how much I liked activating tag powers and nostalgia, but I do like it. Drake's Theme is fantastic, though.

I've never gotten far enough into FFIX to hear that track, I don't believe. Well, I almost definitely haven't if it's connected to one of the game's most dramatic scenes, as I've never made it farther than the first few hours. I find it kind of slow, but I have a feeling it's more impactful with the contextual knowledge.

Posted by MajorMitch

@Little_Socrates: My connection to the Tag Power theme is definitely a result of how much I liked activating them and nostalgia :P Someone who hasn't played a lot of Dual Strike would probably think that song is silly, but I tend to embrace the idea that our fondness of things like music (or games themselves) can be influenced by any number of things (objective or not). The FFIX song is similar, the context for when it plays (very late in the game) certainly contributes to my appreciation of it.